Animal rescues

5 animal rescues adopting vegan food policies

Animal advocates often meet at fundraising events where meat is served. The conundrum, of course, is that these groups hold such rallies as a way to raise money to save pets such as cats and dogs. If that sounds hypocritical, you’re not alone, as survey conducted by Animal Place found that 85% of respondents believe that serving animal products in domesticated animal shelters is unethical. Fortunately, many shelters and rescue groups, and even environmental organizations, agree that serving animal products is not their mission. And despite concerns about vegan eating, the results of adopting plant-based products are often overwhelmingly positive, even if it takes time. “Many organizations have been very well accepted by the public, and even by non-vegetarian board members,” said Barbara Troyer, regional wildlife, environment and northwest coordinator for Animal Place. . food for thought campaign, says. “If the policy is presented in a way that explains why they’re doing it — to save more animals or to align with donor expectations — it tends to make sense.” To help celebrate vegan animal rescue groups, we’re highlighting five organizations that have received an “A” grade from Animal Place for their vegan food policies.

1. GRAY2K USA
Located: Arlington, MA
Based: 2001
When it went vegan: 2001
Why: GRAY2K believes that protecting one animal while eating others is not only hypocritical but bad for the earth and human health.
President/General Counsel Christine A. Dorchak, Esq. : “We must love all animals, celebrate their intelligence and beauty, and above all, respect and protect them. Helping dogs while hurting cows, pigs or chickens just doesn’t make sense. GRAY2K USA is laser focused on closing dog runs, and if we are successful, no animals will be harmed in the process.

2. Alley Cat Allies
Located: Bethesda, MD
Based: 1990
When it went vegan: 1990
Why: Alley Cat Allies is an animal rights organization that stands up for cats and has a vision of a world that values ​​the lives of all animals.
President/Founder Becky Robinson: “When I founded Alley Cat Allies, I thought it was important as an animal rights organization to incorporate our respect for all animals into our daily activities. beverages we serve at conferences, events, staff luncheons and board meetings are completely plant-based.While we work to protect all cats, vegan practices and policies are part of our fundamental values.

3. Beagle Freedom Project
Located: Los Angeles, CA
Based: December 2010
When it went vegan: December 2010
Why: the Beagle Freedom Project believes in respecting all animal life, and being vegan is part of that belief.
President/Founder Shannon Keith: “As the Beagle Freedom Project focuses on rescuing research animals and advocating for policy changes and an ultimate end to animal testing, our mission has resonated so well with our supporters, volunteers, foster families and adopters that hundreds have become vegans just through education. Many of our adopters who started out as meat eaters are now 100% vegan simply because they met and cared for a former research dog and were educated. Never underestimate the power of education in any form to open people’s eyes to a vegan world.

4. Ocean Preservation Society
Located: Greenbrae, California
Based: 2005
When it went vegan: 2011
Why: the Ocean Preservation Society believes that being an environmental organization means being vegan. In fact, according to PAHO policy, no animal products are allowed in the building, not even milk for coffee.
Executive Director Louis Psihoyos: “You have to go with the flow in the environmental movement. I don’t believe in gray areas in this file. Raising meat for human consumption generates more greenhouse gases than all transportation combined. People are starting to realize that the best way to make changes for the environment is to change what’s on your plate.

5. Shrine 1
Located: Jacksonville, OR
Based: 2007
When it went vegan: 2017
Why: shrine one believes that as an animal rescue and organization that focuses on environmental stewardship, it is important to demonstrate how plant-based meals are sustainable and good for people, animals and the earth.
Executive Director Megan Flowers: “With every event, we have the opportunity to honor our rescued animals and the earth. We’re proud to show our Rogue Valley neighbors how compassionate and delicious plant-based food is at our events.

gnat raymond is the author of My Last Continent and co-founder of environmental publisher Ashland Creek Press.

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